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Roadrunner Express

The Roadrunner Express is a shuttle service that connects the College of the Desert campuses. It is a free service available to all students Monday-Thursday (except holidays) starting January 29, 2024. The Roadrunner Express makes three round trips per route (East Route and West Route). The first bus routes from both the East and the West will arrive at the Palm Desert campus by 7:50 a.m.

East Route

  • 1st Stop - Mecca / Thermal - along the main driveway on the bench
  • 2nd Stop - Indio - parking lot behind the main building
  • 3rd Stop - Palm Desert - roundabout next to Cravens building 

West Route

  • 1st Stop - Desert Hot Springs - bus driveway adjacent to education center
  • 2nd Stop - Palm Springs - Parking lot 
  • 3rd Stop - Palm Desert - roundabout next to Cravens building 


Arrival times are approximations based on averages. Similar to city bus operations, these times may fluctuate based on the amount of vehicles on campus, rain/other inclement weather, and ridership volume as additional time is needed to board large numbers of students or individuals requiring accessibility assistance.

Watch for rider alerts in this location

  • A valid College of the Desert ​ID is required for boarding. This is for your safety. Please be prepared to show it to the driver upon request.

  • Be respectful of the driver and other passengers on the shuttle. Profanity will not be tolerated.

  • Non-alcoholic beverages in closed, non-spill containers are allowed. Water is permitted in any type of bottle or container. Alcohol, whether in bottles, cups, cans, or other containers is strictly prohibited.

  • Food consumption on the shuttle is not permitted.  All food must be kept in closed containers/wrappers.

  • Service animals approved/authorized for campus use by Disability Services, accompanied by a student, are permitted to ride the Roadrunner Express.

  • Items left on the vehicle will be kept at the Public Safety Office. Stop by or call Public Safety at 760-341-2111 if you believe you left personal property on the Roadrunner Express.

Students can continue to use their student ID card to ride unlimited on SunLine Transit Agency’s fixed route network through the Haul Pass Program

SunRide, powered by SunLine, is an on-demand rideshare service available in Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, La Quinta, Mecca-North Shore, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs. Using the SunRide app, students can book a trip and get dropped off at a bus stop or point of interest within the designated zones. This service can help students access a COD campus where they can then hop on the Roadrunner Express.